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By Katie Harris

Hartford, CT (WTIC) — Hartford police have arrested nine teens on juvenile offenses after the community came together to identify those involved in a flash mob robbery at a gas station.

Police said Friday that nine people were referred to juvenile court, and as many as 25 more teens have been identified.

Police are “working with prosecutor to develop fair outcome,” Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.

Last month, dozens of juveniles were caught on camera looting a gas station. Around 10 p.m., police say 30 to 40 teens entered the Shell at 335 Capital Avenue after going to a party in the area.

Police say the teens destroyed property and looted items, mostly candy and snacks. When they left the store, the owner was forced to close for the night to clean up the mess. The damage was valued at $4,000, police said.

Days later, families voluntarily surrendered their kids, according to police. Schools and CTfastrak busing system also helped to identify the teens. According to Foley, some of the kids took a Fastrak bus to New Britain after the looting.

At least two parents came over to turn their kids in and help identify other children.

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